Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Update: Fatal Crash, I-184 & Curtis

03-03-12 Update: Fatal Crash, I-184 & Curtis
  Boise, March 3, 2012 - Boise Police continue to investigate a horrible car crash that happened early this morning on the Curtis off ramp from the I-184 connector.
 
   Involved: The crash involved a single car, a 2002 Silver Lexus 4-door with five people inside ages 17 - 19, three boys and two girls.
 
   Fatality/Injuries: One person was killed instantly in the crash. Three others, including the driver remain hospitalized with what officers have been told are life-threatening injuries.
 
   Cause: What caused the crash remains under investigation, but officers are certain excessive speed was a contributing factor.
 
   The name of the young man killed is being released by Boise Police In cooperation with the Ada County Coroner's Office:
 
Deceased: Scott R. Hyde, 18 of Meridian.
 
   Investigating officers believe Scott was in the back seat of the car.
 
   Seat Belts: Boise Police Crash Reconstruction experts say it appears 4 of the 5 occupants of the car, including the deceased and the three hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, were not wearing seat belts.
 
   The only occupant who appears to have been buckled in was the front seat passenger. She suffered non-life threatening injuries. Because she is a juvenile, no further information is available on her condition or status.
 
   What Happened: The crash was reported at 1:22 this morning. When officers got to the scene at N. Curtis Rd and Opohonga Street, just north of the connector, they found a single car that had struck a cement wall at a high rate of speed. The violence of the impact scattered debris from the crash over a very large area. The cement wall itself was also damaged. Boise firefighters had to extricate both front seat occupants.
 
   Witnesses: Investigating officers are asking anyone who may have seen the silver 4-door Lexus to contact them. Officers believe the Lexus traveled up Front Street to I-184 possibly via Broadway or Boise Ave. Anyone who may have seen the Lexus prior to the crash is urged to call 570-6290.